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funeral for Chavez


by
 DENNY BURK

MARCH 7, 2013

The head of Venezuela’s presidential guard was with Hugo Chávez during his final moments. His report on Chávez’s last words paints a picture of a man desperately clinging to life. According to this report, Chávez said:I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die.

As a rule, I’m no fan of socialist dictators—particularly those of Chávez’s ilk. But this strikes me as one of the saddest things I’ve ever read. I grieve to think about what the horror of his final moments must have been like. Death is no respecter of persons—not even of billionaire Presidents who command a cult-like following among their countrymen. Not even of you. As the old hymn has it, “Time like an ever-flowing stream bears all its sons away.” None of us will escape this great equalizer.

But the great question we all have to ask ourselves is this: Will we be ready? Will our last words exhibit the desperation of a person who knows that it is all slipping away? Of a person who has the foreboding sense that something more terrible than he can imagine waits just on the other side? Or will our final words reflect the confidence that Christ has defeated the final enemy (1 Cor. 15:26)? The confidence that whoever trusts in Jesus Christ will live even if he dies (John 11:25)?

If the moment of your demise were descending upon you and you could see it coming as Chávez could, what would you say? That is the great question of your life. It’s the great question of every person’s life.

Psalm 90:10-12
10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.
11 Who understands the power of Thine anger,
And Thy fury, according to the fear that is due Thee?
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.

                                                                                                                 

Let one thing be the surest thing in your mind, your eternal destiny. How foolish to be weighed in the balances and to be found wanting when you could of tipped the scales aforehand. Search your heart. Search for God. He will be found.

Jeremiah 29:13 

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Chavez is realizing he should have sought God when he could have been found. I am afraid for Chavez, it was too late.

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With Obama winning reelection in 2012, many Christian voters view this country differently now than they did yesterday. Have we taken a step away from conservative values and morality?  I voted for a candidate who I thought would be able to align my country more closely with my Christian worldview. When God allows us to foolishly pursue our own wisdom apart from his own, bad things happen. When we dethrone God and instead enthrone ourselves, bad things happen. (i.e. Nebuchadnezzar’s judgment, Daniel 2)

 

What scares me, is not our President, but ourselves. We are naturally anti-God because of our rebellious sin nature. But God’s favor is upon those who are humble and look to God as the guiding compass and not ourselves, government, or president.

Isaiah 66:1-3

Isa 66:1 Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?
Isa 66:2 All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

 

Our country is anything but that last verse. We seem to be more like verse 3 with all of our arrogance,pride, and distractions.

Isa 66:3 “He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck; he who presents a grain offering, like one who offers pig’s blood; he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol. These have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations;
Isa 66:4 I also will choose harsh treatment for them and bring their fears upon them, because when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, they did not listen; but they did what was evil in my eyes and chose that in which I did not delight.”

Don’t these last verses explain our country? God is calling us, but we aren’t home. God spoke to us, but we ignored him. All the while, doing all sorts of obvious evils in his sight and attempting to call them OK.

But Christian, this election should just motivate you further to take the blinders off of this country. See the light in Jesus Christ and not in politics. For God promises to always be there and in control. Listen to his promises to us.

Daniel 2:21

He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

Psalm 75:6-7

For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,  but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another. 

Ultimately, Christian it’s up to God. Trust Him. Plead with Him. Ask Him to send a revival to the hearts of America. God really can do anything.

Be motivated. Pursue God and tremble at His Word. Pray God will have favor on us and send revival. Pray he will use us to save this country and not politics.